Item #8696 The Sweet Flypaper of Life. Roy DeCarava, Langston Hughes.
The Sweet Flypaper of Life
The Sweet Flypaper of Life
The Sweet Flypaper of Life
The Sweet Flypaper of Life
The Sweet Flypaper of Life
The Sweet Flypaper of Life
The Sweet Flypaper of Life

The Sweet Flypaper of Life

New York: Hill and Wang, 1967. 1st Edition Thus. Octavo, publisher's photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps.

First Hill and Wang reissue of Roy DeCarava and Langsotn Hughes's photo-poem collaboration (originally published in 1955 by Simon and Schuster), inscribed by DeCarava. DeCarava was a relatively unknown photographer when he met Hughes–an already well-established poet–while photographing on the street. Hughes helped get DeCarava his first book deal with Simon and Schuster under the publisher's condition that Hughes would write accompanying text, resulting in this pioneering photobook. Hughes writes about 1950s Harlem through the voice of Sister Mary Bradley, a grandmother, as she describes the everyday lives of the black community around her. DeCarava's black-and-white photos capture the neighborhood's varied textures and the effervescent influence of the Harlem Renaissance. Resisting explicit politicization that comes with documentary photography, DeCarava firmly identified himself as an artist working to upend traditional and racist portrayals of black Americans in the mainstream media. In 1952, DeCarava became the first African American photographer to receive the prestigious Guggenheim fellowship for his photos of Harlem. Issued simultaneously in hardcover. Inscribed by DeCarava to the half-title: "Jan. 15, 1977/ Best wishes / Roy DeCarava." Light rubbing to wraps. Near fine. Item #8696

$275.00

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